The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 8, 1885

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p.2 New Steamers For the River - Mr. Pierce, who designed the steamer St. Lawrence, has drafted plans for two steamers, similar to the St. Lawrence in construction and equipment, for the C.P.R. The steamers are designed to run between Kingston and Montreal, connecting between rail and steamer to be made with the K. & P. railway. Mr. Pierce has gone to Evansville, Ind., to supervise the construction of four large steamers for the Ohio river trade.


On Thursday a collision of steamboats occurred on the Bay of Quinte, about a hundred yards off Bath. The Quinte, the property of Rathbun & Co., was running on the South Bay and Kingston route in place of the Armenia, which broke her rudder the day before. The Hero was on her regular trip and en route to Kingston, from Belleville and intermediate ports. When yet some distance apart the boats whistled, and still they approached a point at which their meeting was certain. The captain of the Hero was not on watch when the danger first appeared, but he was at the pilot house in time to take in the situation, to perceive that he was on the Quinte's starboard bow, and that he should have the right of way. He says he whistled to the Quinte to this effect and got no response. Presently the boats came together, the Quinte striking the Hero in the side and forward the gangway. The shock was a violent one, and displaced the steampipe on the Quinte. The escape of steam caused considerable excitement among the passengers on board, but they were quickly calmed and landed at Bath. Then the true nature of the injury was ascertained. Both hulls were the worse of the collision, but the damage was not of a serious character. The break in the Quinte's steampipe, however, prevented her continuing her trip, and the Hero brought most of her passengers to Kingston. Capt. Nicholson regrets the accident, but says it would have been much worse had he not abandoned his rights, put the wheel hard to port, changed the course of the Hero, and reversed the engine.

The purser of the Quinte was in the city Thursday, and contended that that boat had the right of way, that the Hero run into her. It is a question of law which the courts may decide. The Quinte came to the city late yesterday, the injury to her having but temporarily disabled her.



(Daily Whig Oct. 6th)

The Empress, owned by Capt. Lewis, sunk at Trenton yesterday. She was laden with bunch wood.

The Quinte has repaired the damages she sustained in her collision with the Hero at Bath, and resumed her route.

The yacht Winona, owned by Capt. Bloodgood, of New York, had a lively time in crossing to Oswego yesterday. The tug Cummings picked her up as she was drifting upon the beach.

The barges Johnson and Tuscarora, owned by Geo. Hall & Co. of Ogdensburg, went ashore just east of the pier at Oswego on Sunday morning. They were bound from Charlotte to Ogdensburg with coal. The barges are a total loss. No insurance. The Tuscarora, Capt. Barnett, measured 305 tons. She was built in 1871, at Garden Island, registered B 1 1/2, and was valued by the Lloyds at $4,000.

While the tug Mixer was en route from Trenton to Kingston, with four barges laden with wood, the crew of the schr. Gazelle, (Capt. Cornelius and three men) were seen in a skiff. Capt. Bass stopped and allowed them to get aboard. Capt. Cornelius reported that his vessel had become waterlogged six miles above the Upper Gap near Germain's wharf, rolled over and sunk. She was laden with bunch wood for Kingston. After telling the story the captain and crew started back to where the accident occurred. The Gazelle was built at Sackett's Harbor in 1865, and was owned by Capt. Cornelius. She was not insured.

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Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 8, 1885